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Wednesday, April 22 2015

Summer Camp Slashers and Greek Myths in ‘The Roommates’ and ‘A Woman for All Men’

A former Perry Mason director takes on the exploitation format in this pristine Blu-ray reissue and double feature.


Monday, April 20 2015

‘Late Phases’ Is a Tame and Toothless Experience

This tale of werewolves run amok in a retirement community could do with more guts -- in every sense.


Friday, April 17 2015

‘Unfriended’, Social Media, and the Horror of Sharing Too Much

Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience.


Thursday, April 16 2015

You’ll Need a Vomit Bag for the Torture in ‘Black Sunday’ and ‘Mark of the Devil’

When Mark of the Devil was released, audiences were required to bring vomit bags into the theatre. That warning wasn't without reason.


Wednesday, April 8 2015

In ‘Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits’, Horror and Comedy Clash but Don’t Always Mix

Scream! Factory's horror/comedy "double feature" doesn't truly fit into either genre.


Monday, March 30 2015

Exit Life, Pursued by a Bear: ‘Backcountry’

This indie horror flick finds a young couple stranded in the woods looking for safety in an uncaring natural world.


Monday, March 9 2015

‘The Uncanny Reader’ Conjures Up Dreadful Pleasures

If death haunts fewer of the stories collected here than one might imagine, it's because there are things worse than death.


Thursday, February 19 2015

‘The Haunting of Black Wood’ Contains No Haunting Whatsoever

The issue with this ostensible haunting in Black Wood is not a paucity of dollars in the budget, but rather of tension, drama, and ideas.


Tuesday, October 28 2014

The 10 Best Games/Traps in the ‘Saw’ Franchise

James Wan and Leigh Whannell didn't start off the Saw series with a focus on the gory "games", but these 10 examples of Jigsaw's various traps explain the franchise's enduring fear factors.


Tuesday, October 14 2014

The 10 Best New Breed Horror Filmmakers Working Today

They are the contemporary voices of an ages old ideal, the new fear masters in a genre sometimes stunted by its own lack of (critical) legitimacy.


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